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Here in the Community Wellbeing Space we are inviting you to blog with us. It may be a single review of how you feel about the space, a summary of an event you attended or even a story of something that happened as a result of having come to the space.

We had such a great weather, great music and great energy from all that came to the gig on the plaza with live music by L.O.T.O.S, The Katuns, Gallo Rojo, Violet E Stevenson. Hosted by the talented Eunice Olumide

Super grateful for all the CASWO members that travelled across the country to host the 'Creating Caring Communities Workshop' exploring: How do we care within a system that is so uncaring? What would a society based on care look like? How do we get there? Followed by a discussion around: What needs to change in...

CWC member Josie Tothill gave information on the cost of living crisis, including how is profiting from it. Followed by a talk and discussion with Mike Cormack from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty, thinking through what actions we can take together and ways we can form solidarity. Including information on fighting unjust social welfare sanctions.

We had an amazing workshop with Bee Asha from Spit It Out for people to tap into their emotions and use poetry as an outlet to explore how inequality has affected them. Bringing to light topics that are not afforded attention or spoken about due to the structural inequality of our society: mental health; racism; LGBTQIA+ rights; sexual consent and trauma.

So far C.W.C members activities have included: fresh juicing, history walks, creative recycling, food preservation, creative writing, personalised henna, listening sessions, colour meditations, yoga, mindfulness and more...

On Sunday we had a talk by Dorothy Gould founder of rights-based group, Liberation, a grassroots organisation led by people with experience of mental distress/trauma.

On Saturday 30th July we opened our doors to everyone for the first time, it was a really fun and special day for all of us. A beautiful Saturday celebration, with a blessing of the space by C.W.C. members.

Click the menu and under 'Offerings' you will find 19 films all by C.W.C. members discussing what they would want a space of Community Wellbeing in Wester Hailes to hold. Filmed by Rachel McBrinn.

We are the Community Wellbeing Collective, a group of people from and connected to Wester Hailes working together to practise collective wellbeing and question how to create spaces that can hold these practises.

For nearly a year now we have been coming together twice a month around questions of who is wellbeing for. We carve out this time and connection from a structurally unjust world in order to imagine and move towards a more just world. Wester Hailes was built on foundations of inequality, people are often treated as disposable.

Opening times:
Thur - Sat: 12pm - 7pm

Community Wellbeing Space,
Westside Plaza Shopping Centre,
Wester, Hailes Road, EH14 2SW


All activities are free

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